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Con Ed asks Queens residents to cut back power use to avoid blackouts amid heat wave

Posted at 6:04 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 06:12:51-04

FOREST HILLS, Queens — As New York heads into a likely fourth day of a heat wave, Con Edison asked some Queens residents to reduce their power use to avoid total blackouts in the area.

Con Ed announced the request just before 9 p.m. Monday, the utility company saying it had also reduced voltage by 8% in the area of Western Queens as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as crews made repairs.

According to Con Ed, customers in the specific area are being asked not to use energy-intensive appliances like washers, dryers, microwaves and even air conditioners, if not needed for health or medical reasons.

The request and voltage reduction effects 116,300 customers across the Queens neighborhoods of Glendale, Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens and Middle Village.

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday there are 1,356 customers without service in Queens, 733 without power in Brooklyn and 384 without power in the Bronx, Con Ed's outage map said.

Residents are being advised to head to Con Ed's website to report any new outages and check updates on service restorations for current outages.

Customers can also follow Con Edison on Twitter and Facebook for outage updates and more.